Ripley County Health Center Confirms 15th Positive COVID-19 Case

Tuesday, June 23, 2020
A national guardsman stands at the entrance to Riverfront Park during the community test sampling event held June 11 in Doniphan.
Ron Smith

The Ripley County Health Center has confirmed the fifteenth positive case of COVID-19 in Ripley County.

Local health center staff will be monitoring the latest case and follow up contacts will be done.

Since June 15, four positive cases have been confirmed in the county. All these cases remain in quarantine. All 11 previously announced cases in Ripley County reportedly have recovered.

“It is our thoughts that we will see more cases as we are testing more,” Ripley County Health Center director Jan Morrow said on Saturday. “Please know that we are being cautious to keep all of our residents healthy and safe. We will get through this difficult time for all of us. Please use some common sense when out and about.”

If you suspect that you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, call your health care provider to let them know before seeking care.

It is critical that your provider is aware that you may have COVID-19 prior to your arrival at a health care facility and that you follow all instructions for arriving at a health care facility.

To reduce the risk and prevent the spread of COVID-19, health officials following these basic preventative measures:

•Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

•Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently.

•Practice social distancing.

•Postpone any non-essential activities.

•Avoid person-to-person interaction as much as possible.